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February 2021

Charity of the Month - Versus Arthritis

By Vanessa 2 months ago

We’re delighted to be supporting Versus Arthritis as our charity of the month throughout March!

During the month, you can round up your orders to the nearest £1 at the checkout and all money raised will be donated to Versus Arthritis, a registered charity in England and Wales (207711) and Scotland (SC041156).

We’ll again be matching all donations so whatever you donate, we’ll donate the same, doubling the total amount raised for the charity.

About Versus Arthritis:

Versus Arthritis are the UK’s leading charity dedicated to helping the 10 million people with arthritis. They believe that no one should face arthritis alone and refuse to accept arthritis insidiously stealing life from people. The charity does this by funding pioneering research, supporting people with arthritis at every stage of their journey and campaigning to raise awareness amongst government and policy makers.

To find out more about the vital work that Versus Arthritis does please visit their website here.

Versus Arthritis Knit-a-thon:

The Knit-a-thon is a Facebook fundraising challenge taking place on Saturday 6th March and running throughout March. The idea is simple: pick up your knitting needles or crochet hook and knit for as long as you can on the 6th to support the 10 million people in the UK living with arthritis. The money raised from this challenge will help Versus Arthritis to continue funding ground-breaking research and services, so that no one must tolerate the pain, fatigue and isolation and of arthritis.

You can adapt the challenge to suit you, so whether that’s finishing that project you started last year or learning a new stitch – everyone is welcome! So far, Versus Arthritis have raised £38,500, with 4600 people taking part. Individuals are knitting an item for each of their sponsors, teaching themselves how to knit or learn a new stitch and are getting sponsored to knit a number of items to donate.

To take part in this challenge, join the dedicated Facebook community here, where you will find more information on how to create a fundraiser and receive support from the Versus Arthritis Fundraising team, all while connecting with thousands who are taking on the challenge this month.

About Arthritis:

Arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions affect 18.8 million people in the UK and are the single biggest cause of pain and disability in the UK.

Musculoskeletal conditions account for a fifth of all sickness absence and result in the loss of around 28.2 million working days to the UK economy each year - behind coughs/colds MSK conditions are the biggest reason that days are lost from work.

57% of people living with arthritis experience pain everyday – it has an impact on everything they do. It isn’t just older people who are affected – everyone can have arthritis, with approximately 12,000 young people living with arthritis.

For more information about Arthritis please click here.

Last month's charity:

Throughout February we helped to support Samaritans and raised an incredible £2,738, thanks to your checkout donations. Thank you so much to everyone who donated! We’ll also be matching your donations, bringing the total raised for the charity to £5,476.


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Charity of the Month - Samaritans & Jane's Story

By Vanessa 2 months ago

We’re delighted to be supporting Samaritans as our charity of the month throughout February!

During the month, you can round up your orders to the nearest £1 at the checkout and all money raised will be donated to Samaritans, a registered charity in England and Wales (219432) and Scotland (SC040604).

We’ll again be matching all donations so whatever you donate, we’ll donate the same, doubling the total amount raised for the charity.

Image credit: Chris O’Donovan Photography/Samaritans

Jane’s Story & Knitformentalhealth:

"In July 2020 we lost our 19-year-old son Llŷr to mental health. In order to cope with my grief, I started knitting. My Mother had taught me as a child, but I had not knitted for many years. I began making small things and giving them to anyone who came to the house. Anthony suggested I start selling the wrist warmers I was making to raise funds for mental health charities. I was quickly overwhelmed by demand and had to enlist help from friends and the community. We were quickly overwhelmed and had to stop taking orders. Our son Dr Alex asked for help on his Instagram account and before long the whole world was knitting and Knit For Mental Health was created.

Shortly after Llŷr passed away, my Doctor shared a story from Native American folklore which changed my outlook completely and helped us as a family understand more about mental health. This story is included with each of the gloves we sell.

Our purpose is to raise as much money as possible for mental health charities by making and selling products, handmade with love by volunteers from all across the country. Wherever possible, we use yarn donated to us. At the same time, we want to improve the mental health of both our creative volunteers and our customers by sharing the ‘2 wolves’ story’ and creating an inclusive community where creativeness is encouraged, and every voice is heard.

We are fundraisers for mental health charities and for every pair of gloves purchased a minimum of £11 will be distributed to various mental health charities chosen by Knitformentalhealth."

For more information about Knitformentalhealth and to purchase your own pair of gloves to support mental health charities, please visit Jane’s website here

About Samaritans:

Samaritans is a charity working across the UK and Ireland to reduce the number of people who take their own lives and help people who are struggling to cope with how they’re feeling or with life’s challenges. Just £5 could answer a potentially life-changing call.

Every seven seconds, Samaritans answer a call for help. They’re there, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure. Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, they’re taking action to prevent the crisis.

Samaritans give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others. They encourage, promote and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can save lives.

Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy, and Samaritans’ vision is that fewer people die by suicide. That’s why they work tirelessly to reach more people and make suicide prevention a priority.

To find out more about the vital work that Samaritans does please visit their website.

Last month’s charity:

Throughout January we helped to support Dementia UK and raised an incredible £2,561, thanks to your checkout donations. Thank you so much to everyone who donated! We’ll also be matching your donations, bringing the total raised for the charity to £5,122.


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